As a nation, we stand at a crossroads that is critical to the future
of American innovation, and policymakers in Washington will help
determine our path.
I’m excited to kick off the new year with a new monthly column for
EE Times that will examine the federal policies shaping the U.S.
semiconductor industry, the broader tech sector, and the overall
Semiconductors – the microchips that control all modern electronics
– improve our lives, strengthen our country and build our future. As
the voice of the U.S.semiconductor industry in Washington,
the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is focused on advancing
the industry’s key policy objectives for 2013.
In order to help keep
America at the forefront of innovation and ensure the long-term
success of the U.S. semiconductor industry, the Administration and
the new Congress should take prompt action on the following
facilitate open markets and protect intellectual property to
fuel semiconductor industry growth.
the semiconductor industry continues to expand to new areas
across the globe, it has never been more important to promote
free and open international trade and safeguard IP rights. In
2013, SIA will work to achieve broad duty-free coverage of
advanced semiconductor technologies in the updated Information
Technology Agreement (ITA) and promote industry priorities
during Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and through
the World Semiconductor Council (WSC), among other initiatives.
the Administration should support federal funding for
university research to discover the next generation of
recently reached a deal to avert the fiscal cliff in the short
term, a long term agreement on federal spending was delayed for
two months, leaving critical federal R&D investments in
jeopardy. SIA will work to protect funding for key semiconductor
research programs at federal agencies such as the National
Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST), the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA), and the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of
streamline export control regulations to allow U.S.
semiconductor companies to effectively compete in the global
market while protecting national security.
As one of America’s
top exporters, export control reform is critical to our
industry. We strongly support appropriate controls on strategic
technologies to protect national security, but excessive
restrictions stifle the ability of American companies to compete
abroad. We will work to secure relief on troublesome “rad hard”
requirements, ensure the proper administration of
recently-passed satellite decontrol legislation that benefits
our industry, and advocate for comprehensive reform of
integrated circuit controls, among other efforts.
"protect intellectual property"? As long as this activity DOES NOT involve software patents where the abuse of the system is just ridiculous. The whole IP concept needs to be re-thought. As it stands now it is actually a roadblock to innovation, allowing the entrenched entities to protect their turf from possible innovative competition. The primary purpose of IP now appears to be blocking anybody, do they have better ideas or not. It does not matter if it is a better phone or not, it cannot be made if it is an oblong square...
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.